The minister defends Saudi Arabia’s energy talks after the mass execution

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    The minister said today that the prime minister was “absolutely right” if he continued energy talks with the Saudi government.

    After many speculations, it was confirmed that Boris Johnson will fly to Saudi Arabia later today to hold talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Johnson will seek to urge the Saudis to increase oil and gas production as the West seeks to end its dependence on Russian energy.

    “We must remind ourselves that Vladimir Putin instigated an absolutely unprovoked, completely unjustified invasion of a sovereign state,” European Minister James Cleverley told Times Radio this morning.

    Yesterday, Asian Minister Amanda Milling said the government was “shocked” by the deaths of 81 people in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

    Cleverly told Sky News today that the UK had highlighted its “long-standing and principled” opposition to the death penalty.

    Clareley said she could not say the Saudi government had condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but that it would be touched upon during Johnson’s upcoming visit.

    Cleverley said that the crisis in Ukraine “made it absolutely clear” that it was necessary to “move away from our collective dependence on hydrocarbon energy.”

    He suggested that “the UK is really in the lead, we saw it at Cop26 in Glasgow, seeking alternative energy production, gas waste, oil waste”.

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